how do I use an iPhone 4 without data on at&t

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ineel, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. ineel macrumors regular

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    Hi I currently have an iPhone 4. Once the new iPhone comes out, I want to ship my iPhone 4 to my parents. They don't want to pay for data nor do they need it. I heard at&t has the ability to detect whether or not you are using a smart phone or a feature phone and they will automatically sign you up for a data plan when you switch out your SIM card. My iPhone 4 is currently unlocked via at&t's official unlock. I don't want to jailbreak the phone, so is there any way I can get the phone working on my parents account without worrying at&t will add a data plan to them. I read that I have to change the APN settings, but I'm not exactly sure how to do that. Maybe a link to a webpage would be helpful? Also can I revert the APN settings to their original settings?

    Thanks for all your help!
     
  2. bigalow macrumors member

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    wouldn't that cause a problem since the iphone downloads voicemails instead of calling in and listening to messages?
     
  3. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Only way to use iPhone 4 for ur parents without data is to not put sim card in. Other than that AT&T will automatically data plan regardless if it's locked or unlocked. Regardless if iphone was imported internationally.

    No hack will prevent it. No exceptions.

    U should probably consider data sharing plans with AT&T. Probably doesn't cost much more since ur parents won't be using much data and u get to use the data.
     
  4. Mr Hill macrumors 6502

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    My parents are using the $50 prepaid unlimited AT&T plans (No data) on their iPhone 4's that are locked to AT&T.
     
  5. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    You can only ditch data if you have the original iphone or are using pre-paid. No exceptions. No hacks.
     
  6. ineel thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cool

    I just checked out AT&Ts pre paid plans. Apparently it's $25/mo for 250 talk and untd text. Well that'll save my parents some money. Good thing I checked. I wonder if tmobile is any better in pricing since the phone is unlocked
     
  7. Sedrick macrumors 68030

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    Here's what I did with my old 3GS. Shut off all cell data on the phone and gave it to my son to replace his old flip phone. It's been a year now and no detection from ATT.

    I think if you leave cell data ON, they go after you immediately. If you're not pulling any cell data, they seem to let it slide more often.

    Anyway, worth a shot. I personally think they should have no right to tack a data plan on just because you're using an iPhone (when you aren't using any cell data). Yeah, I know it's in the contract, but screw that. It's draconian and I won't lose a minute's sleep over it.
     
  8. bushido Suspended

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    how can they add a data plan to your iPhone without your approval, is that even legal? crazy american providers
     
  9. Beeplance macrumors 65816

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    Wow didn't know AT&T forces its customers to have data when they use smartphones, quite unreasonable in a sense. Anyone ask them why they are doing this? Profits?

    Anyway here in Singapore, I'm using my 3GS on a prepaid card plan without data & have been using it for some time now. At least the telcos here don't force us to pay unnecessary $$ like they do in the states.
     
  10. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I think all of the big carriers (att/verizon/sprint/t-mobile) require you to have a data plan with a smart phone. Yes, it would be for profits
     
  11. bstpierre macrumors 6502

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    Here is the sinister part. They are doing it with your approval, as agreed to in the terms of service.
     

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